If you're truly my minions I know ou know this woman, but if you're just catching up or hey missed a stalker link, I have a bio and links below!
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.
Happy New Year Minions! *Throws Confetti*
This is the first post of 2016 amd it's time for some real talk peeps, so I think you all need to get comfortable. 2015 was not my year, nor was it the Jungle's. I wasn't here for a lot of it, almost all of it to be honest. I missed out on so many tours, releases, blitz's...everything. So to say I'm disappointed in myself is an understatement. I started book blogging because I love to read, and love sharing that passion and craziness with you all. The Jungle is my book haven, I created it as an outlet to share my thoughts and feelings on all things books, and over the years it's expanded into something so much more than I imagined. I've met and worked with so many awesome authors and publishers, as well kick ass book bloggers like myself who so totally get me! But last year I disappeared, and reneged on a lot of commitments. I lost touch with all of you. My posts started slowly becoming non existent. Looking back I wish I had bitch slapped some sense into me, because that's not who I am and that's not what I ever saw happening in the Jungle.
I was and still do read like a crazy obsessed book junkie, but getting to the part where I share my thoughts with you, interact with you or fulfill my commitment as a tour host I really let myself and the Jungle down. At the end of 2014 I got into an wearing retail job for a very big company, that gradually drained the life out of me. I spent a lot of 2015 trying to get into Graduate jobs, or towards the end of it anything that was not retail. I worked ridiculous hours, was on my feet non-stop and coming home always exhausted and depressed. I had enough energy to eat something small and go to bed, all so the cycle could begin again in the morning. This led to me not posting more and more often, forgetting important tour dates and just ceasing all communication on social media completely. Finding a job after graduating is hard as fuck minions, and no one can prepare you for how freaking hard.
But I'm a positive person...usually...so I never gave up hope of moving on to better things, and I never believed for a second this is all my life would amount to. I had a lot of good times too, and I worked with some really awesome people. It's definitely something that puts life into perspective for you, and it was some much needed real world experiance. I just started to resent the crazy long ass hours I was doing, always being too tired to do anything even on that one day off a week, and turning my back on the Jungle almost completely.
I've been on here plenty of times during the year announcing comebacks that were pretty short lived, so I can understand your skepticism when I say 2016 is definitely the return of Alii. Because you see at the end of 2015 I recieved an amazing job offer working with the County Council...and get this...it involves being surrounded by books every day! *Whoops loudly*. As if I could I ever say no, I mean can you say dream job minions?! There are way too many benefits to mention, but the one I must mention is I'll be working normal hours where I'm not on my feet for over 10 hours straight!
Which means I'll have the energy and exhuberence I once possessed to post, and talk with all you kick ass peeps! It also means there will be tours, blitz's, reveals, interviews, giveaways...I mean you name it it's freaking happening all here in the Jungle minions. Oh and do not think I forgot about my Secret Project, that it something that has been on my mind a lot and I am pissed it didn't launch last year. BUT I can promise you it's coming this year, and it's a helluva lot sooner than you think *winks*. So not only am I starting the year with a fantastic new job, and a reunion with the Jungle, but also personally speaking my life is looking great and I really believe this is my year.
So stay positive minions, because anything could happen. Life is a freaking journey right?!
Keep a look out for more posts, and hey...I bloody love you guys!
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